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January 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers whiffed on a chance Monday night to sweep the season series from Boston for the first time in franchise history. Brett Connolly tipped in Zdeno Chara's shot with 1 minute, 54 seconds left, lifting Boston to a 3-2 win over the Flyers at the stunned Wells Fargo Center. It was the Flyers' third straight loss, all in regulation, and it pushed them further behind in the wild-card race. The losing streak started when they allowed the winning goal with 7.5 seconds left against Toronto.
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January 27, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
ON SUNDAY NIGHT Vinny Lecavalier, the worst free-agent signing in Flyers history, scored his fourth goal in nine games as a Los Angeles King. Monday morning, Jordan Weal sent tremors through Flyerland when he skated with the second power-play unit as the Flyers again scrambled to find scoring, now hoping to end a two-game skid that, left unchecked, could sabotage their tenuous playoff hopes. Weal's practice time heightened two days of titters about Beal replacing R.J. Umberger, who hadn't scored a goal since Donald Trump was just a reality TV star.
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January 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol is considering some minor changes to his lineup, and there is a chance that struggling right winger R.J. Umberger is replaced by speedy rookie Jordan Weal in the matchup against visiting Boston on Monday. Umberger has not scored in his last 48 games, including 30 this season. He has six assists and is plus-1. Hakstol said that he wasn't going to "scramble things" but that he would likely make a change. "I think we have to play better, regardless of what the combinations are," he said Sunday after practice in Voorhees.
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January 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers, coming off two straight one-goal losses, will face one of the many teams they are chasing in the wild-card hunt, Boston, on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "We've got to be better than we have been the last couple games," winger Wayne Simmonds said Sunday after practice in Voorhees. "We've been out of sorts a bit. We haven't been playing 60-minute hockey. We've been playing here and there, but not the full games. " Before losing to Toronto and Pittsburgh, the Flyers were on a 5-0-1 run. In the last two games, they were outscored at even strength by a combined 5-1 margin, and they allowed a total of 80 shots.
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January 25, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - The Flyers went home Saturday without a point, but unlike their previous two games, against Toronto and Pittsburgh, they had a valid reason for being shut out this time: You can't get a point if you don't play. Before they boarded a morning team bus from their Manhattan hotel to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Flyers found out that Saturday's snowstorm had forced the postponement of their game against the New York Islanders. No makeup date was set. The Flyers and Islanders are both off Sunday, but that date was unavailable because the Brooklyn Nets play the Oklahoma City Thunder at 3:30 p.m. Despite the postponement, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol put his team through a morning practice at the Barclays Center.
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January 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
Bobby Clarke did not win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. Neither did Bill Barber, Eric Lindros, or Claude Giroux. Or any Flyer, for that matter, since the franchise started in 1967-68. Shayne Gostisbehere could change that. Oh, the swift-skating defenseman is far from the favorite, but he has at least become a part of the rookie-of-the-year conversation. Gostisbehere was recalled from the Phantoms on Nov. 14 and has taken the NHL by storm and re-energized the Flyers.
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January 24, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' strong even-strength play helped fuel their recent 5-0-1 surge, but it has regressed dramatically in the last two games. As a result, they will take a two-game losing streak into Saturday's matchup against the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. "You have to be better in the five-on-five," winger Jake Voracek said after the Flyers squandered an early 2-0 lead and fell to Pittsburgh, 4-3, at the Consol Energy Center on Thursday. "But we can't hang our heads here. " The Flyers have been outscored at even-strength, 5-1, over their last two games - 3-1 by Toronto, and 2-0 by the Penguins.
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January 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
PITTSBURGH - Sam Gagner was promoted from the Phantoms and was the Flyers' second-line center Thursday night, replacing the injured Sean Couturier. Gagner, who was banished to the minors Dec. 29 because of salary-cap issues, centered Michael Raffl and Bryaden Schenn. The Flyers would say only that Couturier had a lower-body injury and was day to day. In nine games with the Phantoms, Gagner had a goal, five assists, and a plus-3 rating. He had two goals and three assists in 18 games with the Flyers before being sent to Lehigh Valley, making room for Mark Streit to come off the long-term injured list and join the team.
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January 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The Flyers scored the game's first two goals, both on the power play, and you could almost hear the home fans moaning Thursday night that the Orange and Black were still in the Penguins' collective heads. But a strange thing happened to the Flyers as they aimed for their ninth straight win over their hated archrivals: They found a way to lose. The Flyers' uncanny dominance of the Penguins came to a halt, 4-3, before the 400th straight sellout crowd at the electric Consol Energy Center.
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January 22, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers, coming off a crushing last-second loss to a scuffling Toronto team that had dropped five straight, will try to regroup Thursday night in Pittsburgh. Because of the NHL's goofy schedule, this will be the first time the Flyers will meet their bitter arch-rivals this season - and the first time in 291 days. The teams won't face each other at the Wells Fargo Center until March 19. "It's a good rush to play them," captain Claude Giroux said after practice Wednesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
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